Off-Campus Living

Students walking near park

As the largest urban area on Cape Breton and the island’s historical capital, Sydney is the perfect mix of metropolitan charm and down home hospitality. As with many Nova Scotian communities on the ocean, the heart of Sydney is its waterfront. On a warm, summer evening it’s a great place to go for a walk, stop to watch a busker and to watch ships in the harbour. Along the way, be sure to get your photo taken beside the world’s largest fiddle, built in recognition of Cape Breton’s musical talent.

Secure housing plays a vital role in your student experience. It is very important that students do not travel to Canada before securing proper accommodations. Like most of Canada, affordable housing is a serious issue in Cape Breton. Housing in the area is limited and students should begin their search early.  We continue to advocate for affordable housing solutions, including pushing for Federal support of the proposed Tartan Downs Project, which would see various housing options built within the CBRM.

Students should budget $1000 per month for housing and associated costs.

Below, find a searchable database for students looking for off-campus accommodations as well FAQs about off-campus accommodations.

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1 Bed in Shared Bedroom, 123 Maloney Street, Whitney Pier $500

123 Maloney Street, Whitney Pier

This is a fully furnished, very large, shared bedroom, with 1 space available. Tenant will have all utilities included in…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bed in Shared Bedroom, 210 Union Street, Sydney $475

210 Union Street, Sydney

1 bed in a shared bedroom, available to rent to 1 male tenant. All utilities are included in tenants rent,…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bed in Shared Bedroom, 45 Campbell Street, Sydney $400

45 Campbell Street, Sydney

Room #4: One bed in a shared bedroom, available for one person to rent beginning May 1, 2024. This is…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Fully Furnished
  • Rent Period: Fixed Term Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bed in Shared Bedroom, 850 George Street, Sydney $500

850 George Street, Sydney

There is 1 bed in a shared, furnished bedroom. The landlord is seeking 1 female tenant to rent this space…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bed in Shared Bedroom, 86 Common Street, Sydney $400

86 Common Street, Sydney

1 shared bedroom with 2 beds, has 1 vacancy available to rent immediately, to 1 female tenant. Tenant will have…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Cable
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1 Bedroom in 2-Bedroom Apt, Kenwood Drive, Sydney $625

Kenwood Drive, Sydney

1 bedroom available to rent in a 2-bedroom apartment. There is 1 room available for a mature female student beginning…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available September
  • Type: Apartment
  • Feature: Fully Furnished
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Hot Water
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1 Bedroom in House, 13 Royal Avenue, Sydney $550

13 Royal Avenue, Sydney

1 fully furnished bedroom available to rent immediately in the landlord’s house. Tenant would share the common living space with…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 183 Cartier Street, Sydney $1000

183 Cartier Street, Sydney

1 fully furnished bedroom with large screen TV and another private room that can be used as a study room.…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 209 Reserve Street, Glace Bay $600

209 Reserve Street, Glace Bay

This furnished bedroom is available to rent for the summer only, beginning June 1st, until September 1st, 2024. The bedroom…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 209 Reserve Street, Glace Bay $600

209 Reserve Street, Glace Bay

This is a fully furnished bedroom located in the landlord’s house. This is a lovely large home, very close to…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 268 Douglas Avenue, Glace Bay $675

268 Douglas Avenue, Glace Bay

1 bedroom available to rent immediately to a mature, female tenant. This bedroom is located in the landlords home and…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 43 Railroad Street, Sydney $600

43 Railroad Street, Sydney

1 furnished bedroom available to rent in the landlords house. Landlord would prefer a non-smoking, male tenant. This bedroom is…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 446 Upper North Street, Glace Bay $300

446 Upper North Street, Glace Bay

This is a fully furnished bedroom available to rent immediately in the landlords house. This bedroom is a sublet rental…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 52 Richardson Avenue, Sydney $850

52 Richardson Avenue, Sydney

1 bedroom available to rent immediately to 1 female tenant. This bedroom could be partially furnished if need be. All…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Apartment
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 572 Alexandra Street, Sydney $850

572 Alexandra Street, Sydney

1 fully furnished bedroom available to rent immediately to 1 female tenant. This bedroom has a double sized bed in…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, Cottage Road, Sydney $800

Cottage Road, Sydney

1 fully furnished bedroom available to rent beginning April 1st, 2024, to 1 female tenant. Landlord is seeking a tenant…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, Harbourview Drive, Sydney $550

Harbourview Drive, Sydney

1 single bedroom available to rent to 1 female tenant, beginning May 1st, 2024. The tenant will share kitchen and…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: 1 year lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, Main Street, Sydney $700

Main Street, Sydney

1 single bedroom available to rent in the landlords home. This is a quiet home and landlord is seeking a…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, Royal Avenue, Sydney $750

Royal Avenue, Sydney

1 fully furnished bedroom located in a 2-bedroom house, available to rent immediately. The other bedroom is occupied by homeowner.…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Hotel
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, Sydney $700

Sydney

This is a fully furnished bedroom available to rent to 1 female tenant, beginning September 1st, 2024. This home is…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Heat
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1 Shared Bedroom in Apt, 170 Lingan Road, Sydney $500

170 Lingan Road, Sydney

1 shared bedroom with 2 beds, available to rent beginning July 1st. There is currently another student already occupying one…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Apartment
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Shared Bedroom in Apt, 9 Douglas Street, Sydney

9 Douglas Street. Sydney

This spacious bedroom is furnished and available to rent immediately for sharing. Landlord is preferring male tenants only. All utilities…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Apartment
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Heat
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1 Shared Bedroom in House, 3 Charlotte Street, Sydney Please Call

3 Charlotte Street, Sydney

There is 1 fully furnished shared bedroom, available to rent immediately to 2 female tenants. All utilities will be included…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Shared Bedroom, 16 Sutherland Street, Sydney $445

16 Sutherland Street, Sydney

There is one shared bedroom available to rent immediately to male tenants. All utilities are included in tenants rent, which…

  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Shared Bedroom, 201 South Bentinck Street, Sydney $875

201 Bentinck Street, Sydney

There is 1 shared bedroom available to rent immediately. All utilities will be included in tenants rent. The nearest bus…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Shared Bedroom, 45 Campbell Street, Sydney $400

45 Campbell Street, Sydney

Room #2: One bedroom available for two tenants to rent, beginning May 1st, 2024. This is shared living and tenants…

1 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Fixed Term Lease
  • Amenity: Cable
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1 Space in Shared Bedroom, 13 Bayview Street, Sydney Please Call

13 Bayview Street, Sydney

1 space in a shared bedroom, available to rent to 1 female tenant from India. This is a furnished bedroom…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Space in Shared Bedroom, 131 Commercial Street, Glace Bay $395

131 Commercial Street, Glace Bay

1 space in a fully furnished shared bedroom, available to rent immediately to 1 male student. This unit is above…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Apartment
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Space in Shared Bedroom, 55 Willow Street, Sydney $375

55 Willow Street, Sydney

This fully furnished shared bedroom has 1 space remaining, and is available to rent to 1 tenant beginning May 1st,…

1 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1-Bedroom Apt, Howie Centre $1000

Howie Centre

Landlord is seeking 1 responsible and mature female tenant to occupy this 1-bedroom bachelor apartment, located in her home. All…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Apartment
  • Status: Available
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1-Bedroom Suite, Glace Bay $1250

Poplar Street, Glace Bay

This is a fully furnished and newly renovated 1-bedroom nanny suite attached to the landlords home. This suite is available…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Suite
  • Status: Available February 1st
  • Feature: Fully Furnished
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1-Bedroom Suites, 13 Bayview Street, Sydney Please Call

13 Bayview Street, Sydney

Two, 1-bedroom suites available to rent immediately. These suites are fully furnished with a kitchen, and bathroom is just outside…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Suite
  • Status: Available
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in Basement Apt, Shore Road $650

Shore Road, Sydney

This house is located on the water front and has 2 bedrooms available to rent immediately, which are located in…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Apartment
  • Status: Available
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in Duplex, Glace Bay $650

Glace Bay

2 furnished bedrooms available to rent in a duplex. The single bedroom is available to rent immediately, and the larger…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Duplex
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in House, 114 Oakfield Drive, Marion Bridge $1200

114 Oakfield Drive, Marion Bridge

2 furnished bedrooms available for 2 mature, clean students that are looking for a surreal area to study and relax…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in House, 37 Campbell Street, Sydney

37 Campbell Street. Sydney

Both bedrooms linked below are available to rent immediately. This house is located in downtown Sydney (all in one property).…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in House, 62 Milton Street, Sydney $850

62 Milton Street, Sydney

2 bedrooms available to rent; 1 larger bedroom, with a private bath, and 1 smaller bedroom. The bedrooms are furnished…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in House, Maplewood Drive, Glace Bay $2

87 Maplewood Drive, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

2 fully furnished bedrooms available to rent immediately to 2 female tenants. This house is located on a quiet cul…

800 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in House, New Waterford Please Call

New Waterford

2 fully furnished bedrooms available to rent beginning January 1st 2024, in the landlords house. Landlord is seeking 2 tenants…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available January 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in House, Whitney Pier $475

Whitney Pier

Two beds available in a shared bedrooms for female tenants. One bedroom available either as a private room for one…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2-Bedroom Apt, 9 Douglas Street, Sydney $2400

9 Douglas Street, Sydney

This is a large, furnished 2-bedroom apartment, available to rent beginning May 1st, 2024. This apartment is able to accommodate…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Apartment
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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3 Bedrooms in House, 105 Carmichael Drive, Sydney River $725

105 Carmichael Drive, Sydney River

There are 3 fully furnished bedrooms available to rent immediately. This house is located in a very quiet and safe…

3 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Fully Furnished
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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3 Bedrooms in House, 3636 Ellsworth Avenue, New Waterford Please Call

3636 Ellsworth Avenue, New Waterford

🌟 Private Bedrooms: Blue Room: Available beginning September 8th. Features a twin bed, spacious and furnished, including a comfortable desk and…

3 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 3 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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3 Bedrooms in House, 484 Alexandra Street, Sydney $525

484 Alexandra Street, Sydney

There is 1 shared bedroom and 2 private bedrooms in this house, available to rent beginning May 1st, 2024. Landlord…

3 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 3 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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3 Bedrooms in House, 884 Main Street, Glace Bay $575

Main Street, Glace Bay

Three fully furnished bedrooms available to rent immediately. These bedrooms are located on the upper level of the house with…

3 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 3 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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3 Bedrooms in Houses $500

There are 3 fully furnished bedrooms in total, available to rent immediately.   There are 2 single bedrooms available to…

3 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 3 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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4 Bedrooms in House, 3 Monteray Drive, Sydney River $1200

3 Monteray Drive, Sydney River

There are 4 bedrooms available to rent immediately in this fully furnished and fully equipped home. The landlord is seeking…

4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 4 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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4 Bedrooms in House, 65 Rear Main Street, Reserve Mines $650

65 Rear Main Street, Reserve Mines

This house has 4 bedrooms available to rent. Tenants will have all utilities included, with access to WIFI and parking.…

4 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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4 Bedrooms in House, Sydney $650

Sydney

4 fully furnished bedrooms located in the landlords home, available to rent immediately. Tenants will have all utilities included in…

4 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 4 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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Historical Boutique Hotel, Downtown Sydney Please Call

Royal Hotel- Historical Boutique Hotel, Sydney  

$79/night for small room, with shared bath. $99/night for Large room, with shared bath. $135/night for regular room, with private…

  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Hotel
  • Rent Period: Nightly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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Multiple Rooms, Glace Bay Please Call

Glace Bay

These are 2 rental units located in Glace Bay.   356 King Edward Street, Glace Bay This house can be…

8 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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Shared Bedrooms, Sydney $400

Sydney

Landlord owns two buildings:   Intercolonial Street, Sydney Landlord is seeking tenants to occupy a fully furnished shared bedroom, in…

  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Fixed Term Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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Off-Campus Accommodations FAQs

The Off-Campus Housing Coordinator works to connect students to landlords and vice-versa via the Off-Campus Accommodation Listing which is a free resource for the community. The coordinator ensures a smooth operation of this free resource that can be used by newcomers as well as property owners/managers in the community.

Students are most welcome to reach out to the coordinator but depending on the email traffic, you may or may not hear back in time and rental listings can get sold out quickly. Hence, students are encouraged to follow the contact instructions on the listing to secure it.

Students are encouraged to reach out to the listing’s point of contact directly and be mindful that the property owners/managers do not work for CBU and will answer on their own accord.

Rental/Property listings take place approximately 2 months prior to an intake. If you start searching too early or too late in relation to your intake, you may not find the right option for you. Starting your search early is definitely the key and we encourage future students to use this resource as early in their journey as possible.

 The prices displayed on listings can vary since some of them are room leases, some apartments and some are for houses. The pricing may seem high because it is for a whole house that can be leased.

Listings posted on third-party platforms and social media websites can be fake/scams and it is very important to be mindful of the same. The Off-Campus living page is maintained and updated by the Off-Campus housing coordinator and not through user-generated content.

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